Operating under the name Work Not Play, The Musicians’ Union is launching a campaign to promote fair pay for musicians, in a move that comes following a rise in the expectation for musicians to works for free.
The Work Not Play campaign website details a number of anecdotal incidents in which musicians have been expected or asked to work for free.
The Work Not Play campaign also includes a Twitter campaign in which supporters of the campaign are encouraged to share their experiences and comments using the hashtag #WorkNotPlayMU.
The Musicians’ Union (MU) are looking for musicians from all genres to sign up to the campaign to share their anecdotes and experiences.
The MU’s General Secretary John Smith commented by saying “We are concerned at a growing trend of professional musicians not being paid for their work. In this era of illegal downloading, live revenue is incredibly important and musicians rely on it to be able to survive. Too many people seem to think that music and entertainment are a hobby rather than a career, and are unaware of the years of training and hard work that it takes to become a professional performer. It is difficult enough to earn a decent living as a professional musician these days, and, headline artists aside, it is not a highly paid profession,”
Skiddle is happy to support the MU on this front as we understand how important it is that artists are nurtured in the early stages of their careers in order that they are given the opportunity to perfect their performances. The up and coming artists are the life blood of the live events sector. On top of this it’s clear that not everyone will rise to the top to become the headline artists that command the mega money, however we’ve still got to make sure this industry operates in a professional manner to ensure it’s continued development and sustainability.
“We’re looking to challenge the idea that musicians should be happy to work for free, and we’re delighted that so many musicians and music fans are joining up to this campaign.”
Visit the Work Not Play website for more information.